The Amazing Spider-Man 2 may well have cast itself another villain, with actor Asim Ahmad claiming to have been cast as one Michael Morbius.
Fans of the comic-books will know that Morbius is a Nobel prize-winning biochemist who drastically alters his physical makeup when attempting to treat himself for a rare blood condition.
Employing electro-shock therapy and, er, vampire bats, his experiment all goes a bit wrong, and Morbius is transformed into a vampire-like creature himself. Textbook stuff.
“Morbius is only mentioned in two pages, not a big part,” tweeted Ahmad, suggesting that the casting is either a brief nod to the fans or a brief set-up for a later appearance. Given the relative anonymity of the actor, we’d suggest it’s probably the former.
Still, it’s a nice comic-book reference to get those geek senses tingling. Directed by Marc Webb and co-starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Jamie Foxx, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will open in the UK on 18 April 2014.